What is the Marylebone Forum?
The Marylebone Forum is an independent, non-political, organisation whose membership includes many individual residents and businesses both large and small. It also has representatives of the medical, educational and religious sectors and other leading organisations in the area.
Why are we creating the Marylebone Forum?
The Localism Act encourages local involvement in planning matters. It sets out an agenda for certain powers to be devolved down from local authorities, in our case Westminster City Council, to local neighbourhood groups, to be known as Neighbourhood Forums. The basic idea is that decisions affecting local people should be made by local people by allowing them a say in the policy making process for their area and importantly, by providing the funding, to allow these policies to be carried through.
What will it do?
The Forum will be focussed primarily on Neighbourhood planning but will also act as an umbrella group for the various bodies involved. It is also a Forum for a shared agenda on non-planning issues in which businesses and residents can implement ideas to drive long term success and community vitality.
Why should I become involved?
We are keen to involve the whole community of Marylebone within the Forum in forwarding its aims to benefit those who live or work in the area.